253731 - Suri

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Faint postmark, but this is from a collection formed in Kolkata

The interest in this handstamp is that it was applied after the regular Service adhesive was fixed on the envelope, to cancel it so that it could not be counted towards postage. It is always assumed that these handstamps would have been applied to sheets at the Treasury or perhaps a Head Post Office, when the adhesive stamps were in sheet form. Well, here’s an exception. 

This appears to be a clearer version of the same type, again on Service use, and clearly datestamped SURI. There are several places named Suri in India, but the context, in the same collection as the above example, guides me to thinking this is the Head Office in the Birbhum District of West Bengal, now spelt ’Siuri'.